December 2013 Money Recap

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Not surprisingly, December was an expensive month. As in I spent about $550 more than I made, including the money I received for Christmas  – but it wasn’t Christmas’s fault. Rent this month was nearly doubled because of the deposit on the new place and I had to start paying back my student loan. (Or perhaps it’s me overspending on fast food and entertainment again!)

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?


Breakdown of Expenses


Rent & Utilities (39%)

In order to secure our new place, we had to pay a deposit (last months rent). And, even though I’m never home, I’m still paying rent on my own basement apartment. Sadly, thanks to the 60 days notice requirement, I’ll be paying for this place until the end of February, even though I’ll be moving out on the first. Boo.

As for utilities, I did cancel my internet at home, but there’s a 30-day cancellation period so I’m still paying for that. Boo again. The boyfriend and I asked about getting a shared cell phone plan as well, but it ends up costing $30+ more a month for less minutes/data/features.  Boo, boo, boo.


Car Loan, Insurance & Gas (17%)

I don’t know what it is, but my car guzzles gas in the winter. I hate it and I don’t know how to fix it. I’m driving less, but it’s costing me the same.


Student Loan (16%)

While I’m happy to be paying this down again, I hate how high my payments are. Usually, OSAP Repayment Assistance Plan has been wonderful to me – making sure I have affordable payments based on my income. However, because my gross income at the new job is pretty high but my net income is not, I’m feeling a little screwed. After all the union fees and my pension comes off, I’m only making about $100/paycheck more than I was at my last job (well, 2 jobs) but I’m expected to pay over $350 more towards my student loan. I know having a pension is going to be awesome for future Amanda, but present Amanda would prefer to be using this money to get out of debt instead.


Entertainment (10%)

This is all booze. Again. I blame the holidays for it being high this time, and hope that that’s true.


Dining Out/Fast Food (7%)

Some of this is due to traveling, but most of it is because I’m still buying lunch (and coffee) on campus most days. BUT there is some good news here. Some of this money was actually spent on Subway gift cards that I ugh, bought for myself and haven’t yet redeemed. See, if you buy a $25 gift card from Subway, you get a free 6 inch sub. Since I eat Subway all the time, this was a win-win for me, and I got 2 free meals in the process!


Gifts (6%)

The boyfriend and I decided to do only a small gift exchange since we will be shacking up soon and prefer to spend money on things we’ll need for the new place. Otherwise, I bought gifts for my sisters and their husband & fiance. I still owe my share of the gifts for our parents, but overall, I stayed under budget.


Groceries (3%)

Not gunna lie, a portion of this was spent on discounted Christmas candy. But most of it was spent on real groceries for me and the boyfriend.


Travel (1%)
I paid for my flight back in November, so this expense was for the cab to and from the airport. Once we move, I’ll be close enough to walk to the airport next time!


Pets (1%)
Even though I’m home a lot less, I still make sure to take good care of my two kitties. I cannot wait to move into the new place so I can be a good cat mom again. (Ugh… I kinda hate myself for using that phrase…)


Miscellaneous (0.5%)
I bought a few small household things from the dollar-store, and picked up a book of stamps before they jacked the prices.


Fees (0.5%)
My regular bank fee, $1 charge for an email money transfer I did, and a small fee for getting a money order drafted for our deposit on the new place.


Personal Care (0.25%)
I bought face wash! Woo!


Medical (0.25%)
Thanks to my health coverage, and missing a chiropractor appointment due to the holidays, this has been the cheapest month of medical expenses for me since I started tracking my spending. But my shoulder really hurts.


So What?

The next month or so is going to be weird, and is going to include a few new and irregular expenses. Even though we’re going to “do it ourselves” for as cheaply as possible, moving is still going to cost us. As is paying rent in two places at once. And the deposits to get hydro and gas set up. And whatever other expenses are included with getting settled. But hopefully, this move will mean that my spending on gas, food, and entertainment will all go down so that my TFSA can go up. I cannot wait!!!


Stayed tuned for a 2013 Money Recap to see what I did with my money this past year!

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15 thoughts on “December 2013 Money Recap

  1. save. spend. splurge.

    I love that Entertainment = Booze :)

    For me, Entertainment = Food!!


    1. Amanda

      We all have our vices :)


  2. Janine

    Looks like you had a pretty good month – excited to see your yearly recap… I’m currently working on mine!


    1. Amanda

      Thanks! It’s been interested to analyze – can’t wait to post it :)


  3. CeCe @Pink Sunshine

    They base it on gross? That doesn’t really seem fair. It’s almost impossible to not pay 2 rents at once when you move. That is crappy.


    1. Amanda

      The boyfriend thinks I should try to get my payment re-evaluated, but since I will be reassessed in May, I’m going to do my best to make it work til then!


  4. Newlyweds on a Budget

    yowza! a good chunk of your income goes toward pre-determined expenses. Hopefully once you’re not paying double rent, that will go down enough to give you some more breathing room


    1. Amanda

      Curse those predetermined expenses… can’t wait for the car to be paid off so that’s at least a little more wiggle room :)


  5. Liquid Independence

    Not a bad month at all Ms. :) But wait a minute, how come you’re still eating so much junk food when you have a professional chef to cook healthy meals for you lol. I’m only teasing ;) Good luck with the move :D Looking forward to your 2013 money recap.


    1. Amanda

      (Shhhhh about the food thing! Hahaha)


  6. Hayley @ A Disease Called Debt

    Happy New Year Amanda! Your entertainment budget made me laugh! I spent more than usual on booze too in December. Renting takes its toll on any budget when moving out or into a new place because of hefty deposits and the month upfront that’s often required. Congrats on getting a place soon with your boyfriend by the way. :)


    1. Amanda

      Thanks Hayley! Gotta get that entertainment beast under control :)


  7. Sara Hamil @ They Call it Gumption

    Uhg, one of the worst parts of moving imo is that deposit! As if it wasn’t expensive enough! Soon you’ll be settled though so yay to that!

    Also, this made me miss eating at Subway :(


    1. Amanda

      I’m so glad they let us have a Feb 1st move in date opposed to Jan 1st – it would have been so much worse.
      Sorry about Subway… that’s tragic!


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